Chap 1: Ice and FireMore Like This
Prologue: A Kind of Magic
One dream, one soul, one prize, one goal
One golden glance of what should be...
It's a kind of magic.
Amanda knew magic happened though it was difficult to predict where or how or when. But at the age of twelve she intuitively recognised that before any enchantment began there were certain identifying signals - the air grew still, time froze while the Universe held its breath - and in that glorious instant between one inhalation and the next - things changed forever.
Travelling in the back of her father's plush imported Bentley antigrav fastback on the way to a piano lesson at the private and very prestigious Pacific Heights Music Academy, she had looked up in surprise when Thomas, her father's driver, and Amanda's closest friend, suddenly exclaimed, "Well look at that ."
Beneath the round brim of a blue school hat perched impudently on the back of her head, wisps of curly auburn hair glowed where it escaped the silk rope of her braid. The azure ri